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2013 Preparedness Conference to Focus on 2012's Lessons


April 3, 2013


The 5th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference (April 23rd and 24th, Augusta Civic Center) will feature keynote speakers with unique perspectives on incident response and recovery.

Speakers will address the response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and Maine's contribution to Superstorm Sandy recovery in New York and New Jersey. These presentations headline the Conference focus on lessons learned from recent real-world events.

Day One, Tuesday April 23rd:

The Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy: An Emergency Response Retrospective

Lt. Christopher Vanghele and Officer Jeff Silver, Newtown Police Department, Newtown, Connecticut

The presenters will discuss the application of the Incident Command System and lessons learned in the response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown Connecticut, in December of 2012. This retrospective will offer emergency management and response professionals insight into the management of this critical incident, with a view to managing future incidents safely, professionally and efficiently.

Day Two, Wednesday, April 24th

EMAC Deployment: Response to Sandy (panel presentations)

Bruce Fitzgerald, MEMA; Regional Ranger Jeff Currier, Maine Forest Service; Troopers Jeff Mills and David Millett, Maine State Police

Maine was spared the full force of Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Superstorm Sandy, but under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)the State sent three teams of State, County, Local and private partners to assist in the recovery. This discussion will focus on the different missions and experiences of the teams deployed to New York and New Jersey, and the lessons they brought back.

Conference Registration still open

Registration to the Conference is required to attend either plenary session.

Online registration for participants and exhibitors is now available and will be open through April 16th. There is no charge for attending the conference. There is a small fee for exhibitors, but no charge for not-for-profit and government exhibitors.

The Conference is a partnership among the State Emergency Response Commission, The Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Maine Association of Local Emergency Managers.

Don't miss this two-day learning experience with statewide and national preparedness partners. View the agenda and register now.



Faith Mayer or Tennie Shardlow